So, you love roller skating or inline skating and want to meet some people with the same interests? Then it's time to get your skate on!
Years ago we published our first blog on skating in Perth.
5 years, 1 pandemic and 1 skating boom later, it's fair to say that things have changed and new groups, rinks and styles have popped up.
The best way to contact most of the skating groups mentioned in this post is via their socials and you can contact the roller rinks via phone.
Please keep in mind that many groups are not-for-profit or volunteer-run so if you don’t get an answer within the day just be patient as someone will get back to you.
Although we can't list every single group in Perth and regional WA, here are a few of the ones we know.
Perth has some of the best cycle paths around and lots of skate-able surfaces.
Once you master some form of stopping, it's worth heading around the Swan River for a beautiful skate or to a lake such as Champion Lakes, Lake Joondalup or Lake Monger.
The area outside of Optus stadium near Matagarup Bridge is also a popular skating spot.
Paths here are relatively flat without too many obstacles however you should be aware that all outdoor surfaces can sometimes be a bit tricky to navigate with stray tree nuts, sticks, dogs or children around.
If you're after something more challenging (or more hills) then you could head to the coast for a skate from Cottesloe to South Fremantle or from Sorrento to Scarborough.
Perth Outdoor Rollerblading is a fun community group that organises regular outdoor skating events for inline and quad skaters.
Looking for some casual street roller hockey?
Non-contact, super social and designed for many different skating levels, try the Street Roller Hockey League (SRHL).
Since 2013 the league has encouraged people of all ages and skating abilities to get involved.
You don't need to be a pro skater or a pro hockey player to start, the league is very friendly for beginners to the more experienced.
They have two seasons through the year. You can either make your own team of four or more players or join someone else’s team.
The SRHL also has home grounds at the Bayswater Bowling & Recreation Club and Vic Park Carlisle Bowling Club where there are games and scratch matches.
If you're after some competitive indoor roller hockey there is also Perth Velocity Inline Hockey Club in Perth.
Down south there's local hockey teams in Dunsborough, Bunbury and Margaret River.
Roller derby is a full contact sport played on roller skates and there are leagues for adults and kids (aged 7 and up).
A lot of people that sign up for the sport don’t know how to skate initially and simply join a Freshie program to learn all the things.
Within Perth there are 7 leagues currently:
- Dread Pirate Rollers
- Hillbilly Derby Crew
- Perth Junior Roller Derby
- Perth Men's Derby
- Perth Roller Derby
- WA Roller Derby
- West Coast Junior Roller Derby
Every thought of hitting the skate park on your skates?
Freestyle Now are also hosting clinics and comps for quad and inline skaters.
There are a few local groups in Perth that get together to jam/dance skate:
Get in touch with these groups for any jam skating classes.
Tip: Lots of jam skaters wear jam plugs in their skates.
Looking for artistic skate classes?
Morley Rollerdrome, Malaga Rollerzone and The Rink in Bunbury are home to artistic skating clubs.
Contact the rinks to join the club.
Skate Spots & More!
Of course there are loads of other local Perth and regional WA skate spots.
There's roller rinks such as Morley Rollerdrome and rinks in Malaga, O'Connor and Bunbury and a newly reopened rink - Rollerrama - in Kalamunda.
There's also professional skating groups such as roller hockey clubs, speed skating clubs and artistic skating clubs.
There are many groups out there and new ones popping up all the time, such as Roller Tag or Slalom skating.
Plus, in regional areas there's always the local recreation centre where they might hold local roller discos.
So get out there and try something new or make your own skate squad.
Skating by yourself is great, but skating with other skaters is double the fun!
If you're not in Perth or WA then I'm sure there are skating groups and clubs in your city too and if not, why not start something up.